Morning Fix: Sony delays next ‘Spider-Man.’ Sexual Harassment at Comic-Con.
After the coffee. Before yelling at Obama for Wednesday’s traffic mess.
The Skinny: It took me forever to get home Wednesday night, all because the president just had to have a party at producer Shonda Rhimes’ Hancock Park house. Maybe if they had invited me ... Today’s roundup includes a wrap-up of the upfront advertising season. Also, Sony delays the next “Spider-Man” movie, and there are some bad apples attending Comic-Con.
Daily Dose: How much should anyone read into a tweet. If it is from California’s attorney general, maybe a lot. On Wednesday, Kamala Harris tweeted, “first pitch is in 4 mins. Too bad only 30% of LA baseball fans will be able to watch ... can’t y’all work this out? Sure hope so.” She was referring to the deadlock between Time Warner Cable, which distributes the Dodger-owned channel SportsNet LA and area distributors including DirecTV that aren’t carrying it yet. So far, politicians and government officials have been reluctant to comment much less get involved in the fight.
Tough sell. Advertisers were a little more cautious in buying commercial inventory on broadcast and cable networks for the upcoming fall season. A combination of declining ratings on many broadcast and cable outlets and the growth of digital options led many advertisers to reassess where they are putting their marketing money. Not everyone took a hit. NBC’s improved performance helped boost its advertising take in the recently concluded upfront market. More from the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal.
Behave yourself. Any gathering that attracts tens of thousands of people is going to have its fair share of bad apples. Apparently even Comic-Con, a geekfest for comic book and science fiction fans, is no exception. It has become common for women to be subjected to groping in the big crowds and even verbal harassment. Comic-Con organizers said they are trying to be more aggressive about keeping the environment safe for everyone. The Los Angeles Times on a dark side at Comic-Con.
Caught in a web? Sony is delaying its next Spider-Man movie by two years. “Spider-Man 3" was scheduled to be released in the summer of 2016 and now won’t hit the big screen until 2018. The move comes after “Spider-Man 2" didn’t set the world on fire at the box office. Sony isn’t throwing the towel in on having a big tentpole for 2016. It will premiere “Sinister Six,” a movie about “Spider-Man” villains, in November of that year. Details on Sony’s moves from Variety.
Please stay. Chase Carey, the chief operating officer of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox and one of the mogul’s top lieutenants, is seen as key to the company’s ambitions of getting bigger through acquiring Time Warner. The problem is Carey’s new contract runs just two years and gives him a window to leave even earlier. Investors want Carey to stick around longer, says Reuters.
If he can make it there. CBS said Stephen Colbert will make the Ed Sullivan Theater home when he takes over for David Letterman next year as host of “The Late Show.” This was hardly a surprise as Colbert’s Comedy Central show “The Colbert Report” is also based in New York. Still, the state of New York is throwing lots of perks at CBS for staying, including eligibility for more than $10 million in tax credits and grants to renovate the theater. If I were a taxpayer in New York, I’d be a little miffed. The New York Times on Colbert’s new old home.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: A new report from the California Film Commission says that from 2010 to 2014, the state lost nearly $2 billion to runaway production.
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